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Source : AfriqueRenouveau UN 

Le rêve de bien des femmes s'est réalisé le 28 juillet lorsque l'Assemblée nationale de São Tomé et Príncipe a approuvé une loi sur la parité politique longuement débattue qui prévoit un minimum de 40% de sièges réservés aux femmes dans les organes élus, ainsi que dans les postes du cabinet.

Par Mariam Barry

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Connu depuis l’antiquité, l’esclavage consistait à priver un individu de sa liberté, elle fonctionnait donc que sous la contrainte, la violence et réduisait les victimes au rang de marchandise négociable.

L’Organisation Internationale du Travail (OIT), estime que l’esclavage contemporain touche aujourd’hui plus de 40 millions de personnes à travers le monde. Et plus de 70% des victimes sont des femmes, le plus souvent en Afrique subsaharienne, à travers les exploitations sexuelles, les mariages forcés et précoces.

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Suite à l'appel à candidatures de Make Every Woman Count pour notre concours de la Journée panafricaine de la femme pour 2022, nous avons reçu des contributions réfléchies et créatives de tout le continent. MEWC a annoncé les lauréates lors de notre célébration virtuelle le 28 juillet. Félicitations à tous les participants pour leurs contributions innovantes et variées sur le thème de "l'inclusion financière et économique des femmes africaines" ! Vous n'avez pas rendu la tâche facile à nos six juges pour sélectionner les gagnants des première, deuxième et troisième places. MEWC est fier de présenter les dix meilleures contributions sur son blog et ses réseaux sociaux afin de poursuivre les célébrations et les discussions importantes au cours de la semaine à venir.

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Following Make Every Woman Count’s call for submissions for our Pan-African Women's Day Contest for 2022, we received thoughtful and creative entries from across the continent. MEWC announced the awardees during our virtual celebration on the 28th of July. Congratulations to all entrants for their innovative and diverse submissions on the theme of ‘Financial and Economic Inclusion of African Women’! You did not make it easy for our six judges to select the first, second and third place winners. MEWC proudly showcases the top ten submissions on our blog and social media to continue the celebrations and important discussions over the coming week.

One of the world’s most comprehensive and progressive women’s human rights instruments, the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol) was adopted by Heads of State and Government in Maputo, Mozambique, 19 years ago today - on 11 July 2003.

Two of Make Every Woman Count's Research Fellow's reflect on this milestone: 

By Naomi Ndifon

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a global pandemic. Race, ethnicity and/or nationality have not insulated women of different age groups from the ongoing scourge of violence in all its forms. Surveys show that 1 in 3 women globally has experienced sexual or physical violence in their lifetime. In Nigeria, where the criminal justice system, put in place to combat this crisis, is rigged with patriarchy and culture overrides constitution, these numbers have drastically escalated.

By Grace Pattison

CEDAW: To fight against or collaborate with culture?

There are many definitions and aspects of culture; Kroeber and Kluchhohn synthesised these to form a useful, overall definition: “Culture consists of patterns, explicit and implicit, of an for behaviour acquired and transmitted by symbols, constituting the distinctive achievements of human groups, including their embodiments in artifacts; the essential core of culture consists of tradition (i.e., historically derived and selected) ideas and especially their attached values; culture systems may, on the one hand, be considered as products of action, on the other as condition elements of further action.”

By Lily Biddell

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on pregnant people seeking abortion all over the world. Access to abortion varies widely and is country specific; from tight restrictions which completely ban abortion (such as in Angola and Iraq) or allow it only to save the mother’s life (Mali and Brazil), to terminations on demand until the point of viability (the UK and the Netherlands). Covid-19 lockdowns, curfews and social distancing measures have impacted abortion access majorly, causing over 5000 reproductive health clinics across the world to close. The impact has been particularly detrimental in Kenya, a country where already 43% of pregnancies are unintended. Unintended pregnancy has two main outcomes: unsafe abortion and unplanned births. 

By Chisom Onyekwere

Defining Political Participation

Political participation, to begin with, is the exercising of one’s right to vote, and participate in elections and public life without any discrimination. It comprises a broad range of activities through which people develop and express their opinions on the world and how it is governed, and try to take part in and shape the decisions that affect their lives. These activities take the form of mobilization and formation of interest groups to further a goal or an ideology. It is imperative that every individual present must be granted full access to political participation so that  society can be aptly representative of the peoples dwelling in it.

By Chisom Onyekwere

Women and Political Participation

Why are women, who make up “49.6%” of the world’s population, deprived of the opportunity to equally politically participate for the common good?

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